ERIC Number: EJ1084704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Effective Partnerships in School Reform: Lessons Learned from the Midwest Child-Parent Center Expansion
Hayakawa, Momoko; Englund, Michelle M.; Candee, Allyson; Lease, Erin; Sullivan, Molly; Warner-Richter, Mallory; Reynolds, Arthur J.
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, v20 n4 p263-280 2015
The Midwest Expansion of the Child-Parent Center Education Program (MCPC) is a pre-K to 3rd grade intervention program aimed at improving economically disadvantaged children's school success by enhancing continuity in instruction and increasing parental involvement. Opened in Chicago in the 1960s, this school reform model has undergone significant changes and is currently being expanded in five demographically heterogeneous school districts in Illinois and Minnesota. This article describes the collaborative process that has contributed to effective implementation of the expansion project within at-risk communities. Three themes of collaboration are emphasized: (a) improving the quality of data, (b) establishing and maintaining implementation fidelity, and (c) using research to inform practice. We discuss lessons learned from our partnerships with a number of collaborators including those involved with implementing the pre-K program, researching and evaluating the project, and providing professional development to teachers. Consideration is given to advancing the field of implementation science by successfully initiating and enhancing exemplary partnerships in comprehensive school reforms through effective research design.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Partnerships in Education, Intervention, Parent Participation, School Districts, Primary Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Program Implementation, Program Descriptions, Educational Research, Educational Practices, At Risk Persons, Program Evaluation, Cooperation, School Administration, Data Collection, Translation, Parent Materials, English (Second Language), Educational Policy, Policy Formation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Minnesota
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